Description of the holy bible – Part 9
After God gave the Bible, He explicitly forbade anyone to add to or subtract from the existing Bible
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev 22:18,19)
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” (Prov 30:5,6)
This warning is given to those who might purposefully distort the message in this book.
Moses gave a similar warning in Deuteronomy 4:1-4. We, too, must handle the Bible with care and great respect, so that we do not distort its message, even unintentionally.
We should be quick to put its principles into practice in our lives. No human explanation or interpretation of God’s Word should be elevated to the same authority as the text itself.
There are 66 chapters in the book of Isaiah, just as there are 66 books in the Authentic Bible.
The book of Isaiah stands at the head of the classical prophetic books, both in the order of the English cannon, as well as the Hebrew canon.
The personal name Isaiah means “Yahweh saves.” Prophet Isaiah is the most literary and influential of the writing prophets. He is generally considered the greatest Old Testament prophet.
Special Features of the Book of Isaiah
Nine major features characterise the book of Isaiah.
(1) It is largely written in Hebrew poetic form and stands unsurpassed as a literary gem in the beauty, power and versatility of its poetry. Isaiah’s rich vocabulary surpasses that of all other OT writers.
(2) Isaiah is called “the evangelical prophet” because, of all the OT books, his Messianic prophecies contain the fullest and clearest declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(3) His vision of the cross in chapter 53 is the most specific and detailed prophecy in the whole Bible about Jesus’ atoning death for sinners.
(4) It is the most theological and comprehensive of all OT prophetic books; it reaches back in time to God’s creation of the heavens and earth and human life (e.g., 42:5) and looks forward in time to God’s consummation of history and the creation of new heavens and an earth (e.g., 65:17; 66:22).
(5) It contains more revelation about God’s nature, majesty and holiness than any other OT prophetic book. Isaiah’s God is holy and all-powerful, the One who will judge sin and unrighteousness among humans and the nations. His favourite expression for God is “the Holy One of Israel.”
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